The Exceptional Nurse: Tales from the trenches of truly resilient nurses working with disAbilities
They’re strong. They’re persistent. They’re resilient. They’re exceptional nurses. Read the true, inspiring stories of nurses with disabilities who overcame significant odds—managing physical and mental challenges on the job—and continued to be a nurse through it all. You’ll read of a nurse who has a learning disability and developed his own system of accommodation. You’ll find out about a nurse who experienced an amputation after many conservation surgeries and found a way to keep working. You’ll learn about a nurse who worked through a terrifying hurricane and developed mental illness, and learned important lessons about herself to help her conquer it, and continue being a nurse. You’ll hear the stories of what it’s like to lose hearing while on the job as well as develop vision deficits while nursing. In all these stories, the nurses’ resilience is what helped them pull through adverse situations, made them stronger and more effective nurses in the end. Also included is practical information on how to navigate the vocational rehabilitation system including a guide to requesting services, a sample accommodation request letter to share with an employer, as well as information on how to best disclose a psychiatric disability. Whether you’re a nurse or a student with a disability or you care about a nurse with a disability, this book will leave you inspired and prepared to be an exceptional nurse yourself.